By Contributor: Ron Spink
Featured Image: Tsunami Christian Mulroe powers through his record breaking swim in the Boys 8 and Under 50 Butterfly
The Piedmont Tsunamis enjoyed a rare back-to-back start to the PWSL swim season by hosting at home again on Saturday. Here, they improved their record to 2-0 by delivering an impressive win against the Kingsbrooke Sea Lions. At the end of the morning, the Piedmont squad had posted a league-leading number of total points in the 3077 v. 2205 victory – a score that disguised the fierce competitiveness of both teams during the meet.
The Tsunami coaching staff successfully experimented with multiple new lineups for their Medley/Freestyle team events, losing only three relay races on the day. On the individual event front, cooler temperatures and mostly rainy conditions challenged swimmers on both sides of the pool to match or beat their prior seed times. Fortunately for Piedmont, many members of the team were able to outperform their expected positional results, with several athletes successfully taking home their first blue ribbons for the year.
All first-place Tsunami swimmers included (with PWSL top overall times also noted by number in parenthesis): Blake Hayden, Abby Hubert, Christopher DeVito (1), Maddie Richardson, Alex Crown, Henry Radzikowski, Anna Dzouenko, Joseph Coleman, Alex Huang, Matthew Pianoto (1), Katherine Diatchenko, Christian Mulroe (3), Emery King, Mark Edwards, McKenna Curry, Matthew Tirrell, Camille Spink (1), Adelina Chehadeh, Katherine Crown, Charlotte Hannam, and Luke DeVore. In total, these efforts combined to give Piedmont swimmers first-place marks in 76% of all individual events.
The only Tsunami record to shatter on Saturday was through an outstanding effort by Christian Mulroe in the Boys 8 and Under 25 Meter Butterfly. Mulroe took .19 seconds off a 2016 team mark and clocked a time of 18.50 in the event. Additionally, huge congratulations also go to the Boys 15-18 group of Sebbie Borden, Eric Liao, Luke DeVore and Henry Radzikowski who were the only Piedmont foursome to come in first overall in PWSL relay times – being the fastest squadron county-wide in both the 200 Meter Medley Relay and the 200 Freestyle Relay races.
Next Saturday, the Piedmont Tsunamis take “Tent City” on the road for the first time this summer as they challenge to stay perfect both overall, and divisionally, against the Braemar Blasters – a club looking to bounce back after a closely fought upset at the hands of Bridlewood this past weekend.